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    Next Mobility

    According to a dealer I know,

    Next Mobility, whose products include the Omegatrac power wheelchair and the Tailwind, a power assist manual wheelchair, was "taken over" by an unknown company about two weeks ago.

    My chair is in the shop with a leaking transaxle seal so I will post if this presents any difficulties.
    C 5/6 Comp.
    No Tri's or hand function.

    Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

    Teddy Roosevelt

    #2
    I, for one, would be real interested in getting any details on this as I am very interested in getting myself a Tailwind.

    Rick Goldstein
    GO! Mobility Solutions
    www.GoesAnywhere.com
    Rick Goldstein
    GO! Mobility Solutions
    facebook.com/goes.anywhere

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      #3
      On Feb. 23, I got a PM from a CC member who is a TW dealer, Jeff Sirko1 - Live Well Medical Supplies, and he did not mention anything. I know they were redoing their web page and it was down for a few days. Maybe that got rumors started.
      You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
      http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

      See my personal webpage @
      http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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        #4
        I heard it was Pride who bought them. But through the grapevine...

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          #5
          Originally posted by maestro View Post
          I heard it was Pride who bought them. But through the grapevine...
          Do some snooping while your at ISS.

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            #6
            Like Motion Designs(Quickie), Quadra, Sopur,Shadow, Kushall, Top End and countless others; they get bought out and the quality and service eventually goes down.

            If they are being bought out, I'm sorry to hear that. Especially if it's a large Corp. like Pride or Invacare. The line will either be discontinued (in US) like Sunrise did to Sopur. Or, they'll make the chair as cheaply as possible. I guess its just part of business.

            Didn't Top End(Invacare) just come out with a manual assist device. Could be they bought them out to take the Tailwind out of the market.

            Ah Rumours, don't ya just love 'em! lol

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              #7
              I just got a PM from Jeff Sirko1. He has had recent conversations with the N M engineers and it seems like all is well there.
              You will find a guide to preserving shoulder function @
              http://www.rstce.pitt.edu/RSTCE_Reso...imb_Injury.pdf

              See my personal webpage @
              http://cccforum55.freehostia.com/

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                #8
                Yea, Rob the Tech rep from N M said the same thing after stammering and not knowing what to say for a while after I asked him about the takeover. Let's keep the customer happy.

                The dealer represents next mobility products and is seriously concerned since his inquiries to his contacts and the Company President have gone unanswered.

                Hopefully, no big deal.
                C 5/6 Comp.
                No Tri's or hand function.

                Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                Teddy Roosevelt

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                  #9
                  they were at ISS. Pride did NOT buy them.

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                    #10
                    Well, if/when I ever get my hybrid chair off he ground I promise it will solve the problem of those torn between a manual and a power. I hope to submit it to a potential partner this summer. Trust me it is better than the Tailwind.
                    Life's perceived journey in this PMR is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting "holy **** what a VR ride!"
                    Pete C6/'97

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by maestro View Post
                      they were at ISS. Pride did NOT buy them.
                      Did anybody?

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                        #12
                        Next Mobility was a second company working under CTS. CTS is, in my understanding, the company that made the computer systems for the ibot, as well as iglide and now Tailwind. My understanding is a venture capital group by the name of Lorus was putting up all the financial support for CTS after they bought rights to the Tailwind from J&J. That company had some regulatory practice problems and went into forclosure.

                        A company called Miller Technical Services, had purchased Next. I'm told, the in house people have not changed. All my normal contacts are still there and its seems to be business as usual.

                        However in talking to my local rep, he said he honestly didn't have much to say of MTS because there has been little interaction from the new owners. This always worries me and as a dealer and someone interested in buying a Tailwind myself I want to know the company will be there to support the product. I've sent a letter to that effect and detailing the concern consumers rightfully have. I'll keep you guys up to date when I hear something.

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                          #13
                          I'd like to know how many Omegatracs they're selling.
                          It seems like such a niche market.
                          Will it go the way of the Ibot?
                          Rich

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                            #14
                            I hope not pararich. There are not many front wheel drive powerchairs manufactured now.
                            I truly miss my OmegaTrac since it's in the shop. I really hate to have front casters like my Frontier X-5 that I am using now.
                            Front casters really suck outside since whenever they contact any type of obstructions they throw the chair to the right or the left and are constantly in the way hitting things inside. Front wheel drive just powers right through.

                            Their total quality is much superior to any other powerchair that I've used. My Quickie and X-5, the Invacare TDX that I was using for drivers training and the Pride Mobility Jazzy (the worst) that the VA ordered for me without my input just don't compare.

                            I have a number of problems with my new X-5, although many of them are with the motion concepts seating.

                            A wheelchair technician who I know with over 30 years in the business and has issued, to his account, over 3,000 chairs said,

                            "One half of all wheelchairs don't work out of the box, one half of whats left fail in the first month and the rest break within the first year." Kind of discouraging.

                            Only two problems have occurred with my Omegatrac. The leaking sealed bearing on my transaxle and I've put his chair through hell for the last 4.75 years, that has been barely dripping since last summer. It has a 13 ounce reservoir.
                            And the original compressor system, which inflates the extremely comfortable air suspension, held moisture and damaged the solenoid. This compressor box was re-engineered with a moisture drain and I have had no problems with it for the last two years

                            I desperately need it back now that spring has sprung.
                            Last edited by forestranger52; 17 Mar 2010, 5:21 PM.
                            C 5/6 Comp.
                            No Tri's or hand function.

                            Far better it is to try mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure. Than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory or defeat.

                            Teddy Roosevelt

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by forestranger52 View Post
                              I hope not pararich. There are not many front wheel drive powerchairs manufactured now.
                              I truly miss my OmegaTrac since it's in the shop. I really hate to have front casters like my Frontier X-5 that I am using now.
                              Front casters really suck outside since whenever they contact any type of obstructions they throw the chair to the right or the left and are constantly in the way hitting things inside. Front wheel drive just powers right through.

                              Their total quality is much superior to any other powerchair that I've used. My Quickie and X-5, the Invacare TDX that I was using for drivers training and the Pride Mobility Jazzy (the worst) that the VA ordered for me without my input just don't compare.

                              I have a number of problems with my new X-5, although many of them are with the motion concepts seating.

                              A wheelchair technician who I know with over 30 years in the business and has issued, to his account, over 3,000 chairs said,

                              "One half of all wheelchairs don't work out of the box, one half of whats left fail in the first month and the rest break within the first year." Kind of discouraging.

                              Only two problems have occurred with my Omegatrac. The leaking sealed bearing on my transaxle and I've put his chair through hell for the last 4.75 years, that has been barely dripping since last summer. It has a 13 ounce reservoir.
                              And the original compressor system, which inflates the extremely comfortable air suspension, held moisture and damaged the solenoid. This compressor box was re-engineered with a moisture drain and I have had no problems with it for the last two years

                              I desperately need it back now that spring has sprung.
                              forestranger
                              I know what you mean about wanting your Omegatrac back for spring.
                              Mine is about 10 years old. I don't think they ever changed the trans oil.
                              A very small amount of black oil came out and I put in fresh. But, since I've had it, I've replaced both motors (they probably burned out because of the transmission not being maintained).
                              Also, I replaced the solenoids because of the moisture problem.
                              Now, its running well.
                              Rich

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